Gloriously relaxing and evocative of a more civilised era of travel, there are few better ways to discover the ancient treasures of the Mediterranean than aboard a small ship cruise vessel. The four ships carefully selected by us here at Andante each present a yacht cruise experience, but have between 18-24 cabins and boast the ability to berth in more characterful ports of call than the mega ships can. M/S Princess Aloha and M/S Equator – both exclusive to Andante Travels – explore the richly historic and splendidly scenic Dalmatian Coast and islands. The M/S Panorama and the M/S Galileo circumnavigate the Peloponnese from Athens, making stops at iconic sites such as Olympia and Delphi.
Our Dalmatian Coast cruises include a world-class Andante guide lecturer, but the Greek cruise is guided by an excellent on-board archaeology specialist, but, as such, we would describe this as a gentler introduction to these millennia-old wonders.
17 October 2020
What to expect
M/S Princess Aloha
Just six years old, the M/S Princess Aloha belongs to the middle of three categories within the ATLAS fleet, and we would characterise the quality as equivalent to a good 3* hotel. With just 18 cabins across two accommodation decks (main and lower), the ship is exclusive to Andante Travels on its 3rd May 2020 round-trip sailing from Dubrovnik. Comfortable air-conditioned cabins feature private bathrooms, with portholes on the lower deck and windows on the upper deck, and flat-screen TVs in each. The restaurant has communal seating and it serves up fresh buffet breakfasts, four-course lunches and two dinners (a welcome meal and a Captain’s Dinner). The sun deck is the perfect place to relax with a drink and just soak up some of the gorgeous spring rays. WiFi is free on board.
Built in 2017, this new vessel is one of the finest flagships of the ATLAS fleet, and we would characterise the quality as equivalent to a good 4* hotel. With just 18 cabins across two accommodation decks (main and lower), the M/S Equator is exclusive to Andante Travels on its 17th October 2020 sailing from Dubrovnik to Split. Elegantly furnished cabins are all outside-facing, with portholes on the lower deck and windows on the main deck, and all are equipped with private bathrooms, air-conditioning and flat-screen TVs and standard. The salon restaurant serves up delicious buffet breakfasts, four-course lunches and two dinners (a welcome dinner and a Captain’s Dinner). The sun deck boasts sunbeds as well as a jacuzzi, and WiFi is free on board.
With its classic lines and wood-panelling evoking a bygone era of travel by sea, the M/S Galileo is a fully motorised yacht, but one that unfurls its majestic sails at least once every voyage. We would characterise the quality as equivalent to a good 3* hotel. 24 cabins are situated across two decks (upper and lower), each featuring porthole windows (larger on the upper deck), flat-screen TVs, individually controlled air-conditioning, en-suite bathrooms with showers, hairdryers, mini-fridges, and mini-safes. The 4th November 2020 cruise is full board, with all buffet meals served in the comfortable restaurant, to which is adjoined a bar area and small library with games store. Weather permitting, lectures given by our on-board expert may be delivered on the impressive sun deck. M/S Galileo was renovated as recently as 2016. WiFi is available at an extra cost.
Why choose Andante Travels for your small ship cruise
Here, at Andante Travels, we share your passion for all things ancient, and we are always on the lookout for the most comfortable and characterful means of transporting you around your chosen destination. Having launched a selection of archaeology-themed river cruises, we decided to unveil a range of small ship ocean cruises in the Eastern Mediterranean. This really is the most appealing way to explore the coastlines of Croatia and Greece, areas filled with incredible historical interest and archaeological sites that are simply unrivalled.
A very well organised programme of visits, accompanied by very professional and knowledgeable guides. Excellent information from the company. Feefo reviewer